NOT I

I saw this on my friend Aly Helyer’s FB page. Thank Aly!

Samuel Beckett NOT I, 1973

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Hitomi Kammai at The Other Art Fair

Girl 2, (c)Hitomi KammaiHitomi Kammai will be exhibiting at The Other Art Fair this weekend, 24 – 27 April.

At Ambika P3, 35 Marylebone Road, NW1 5LS, this year’s fair had a most distinguished selection panel. Led by Tracey Emin, the panel included, artist, Charming Baker, gallerist and co-founder of The Future Can Wait, Zavier Ellis, and artist duo, Rob & Nicky Carter.

The show looks wonderful! If you’re planning on attending, be sure to stop by and say ‘hi’ to Hitomi.

 

Dialogue 1

 

codedimages
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The phrase has become a recurring theme, a key starting point for many explorations. So, in one way, it is more important now that it ever has been. Before it was just a test phrase, now it is a key to so much more. And no, I am not at all ‘tired of [it]‘.

 

janeboyer
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That’s a really important aspect of repetition, the dividing line between mindless meaningless repeating and when it becomes the impulse to creating new meaning. I’m curious, do you think this transformation happens only through experience or does it happen in other ways too? For example, your test phrase became the means to create new meaning as your experience changed from interacting with it as a systems engineer to interacting with it as an artist. Do you think a similar transformation would have happened if you had not had the change in experience? I mean could a transformation like this happen from use in general knowledge or must it be experience related?

 

codedimages
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I think we filter every new input based on what has gone before. We can, of course, make a conscious effort to leave experience out of the equation, but would our unconscious mind ever allow that to actually happen? My new (ish) situation, being a full-time artist, creates so many new inputs to process it seems entirely rational to filter those inputs based on experience. In doing so, I find new ways to reuse ideas from my previous life (career). My art is from me and I am my experience.

 

janeboyer
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That’s true. I think what I’m wondering is if experience is the only impulse to change meaning in a repetitive subject? I suppose if I were to sit and think about a subject, I could come up with new meaning, especially if I applied thought experiments to the subject, but this suggests experience is still the motivator to new meaning even if it is ‘virtual’ experience. Is knowledge and meaning expanded in any other way except through experience? I can’t quite see that it is, but maybe my thought experiments are too limited at the moment!

 

codedimages
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I don’t think I am saying ‘expanded … through experience’. I am saying expanded against a background of experience. Many things can trigger change, many of them external and beyond our control. We build new knowledge on the foundation of what we already know. Sometimes the new will undermine the old and other times the new reinforces the old. I have found the best way forward is to think rationally and not let experience become dogmatic (experience again). Always be willing to learn and grow. Repeating what works is a fundamental part of creating a stable situation. Repeating what works is a good way of testing any new situation to see if it should change what we know works. I think of this as an input – action – feedback loop (my black box idea again). Repeating the loops with variations to test what happens. To test what works best. To discover what is new. Variations can be self generated (e.g. your thought experiments maybe) or external (e.g. an often used and much loved material out of manufacture – thinking as an artist there). As you can see repetition is a key part of my process.

This is the kernel of our first discussion. You can see the full discussion by clicking the button called “We’re Live!” to the left of the comment window, this will expand the comments section for this discussion. What do you think? Leave a comment below, we’d love to hear your thoughts.

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RECURSIVE  is now live.

I’m very pleased to launch the blogsite, facebook and twitter accounts for this new project. You can find out more about the exhibition on the PREMISE page, see the artists involved and view the artworks in the show on the ARTISTS & ARTWORKS page. We’re very pleased to be showing this fall at NO FORMAT GALLERY in Woolwich. You can find out more about that on the VENUE page.

Why have we launched so early? Because we invite you will join us in a dialogue on the inner recursive thought process we all experience. Delueze said it best when he said in Difference and Repetition, “We don’t repeat because we repress, we repress because we repeat.” Digital communications have made this point even more poignant because of the various ways we now share information about ourselves.

What do you repeat?

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